• This upper-level lecture course introduces fundamental concepts of medical microbiology and immunology. It can be used to fulfill the elective requirements for Genetics and Life Science majors with a strong background in Biological Sciences pursuing careers in healthcare and related fields.                              
  • Semester Offered: Spring
  • Credits: 3
  • Course URL: canvas


General Biology 01:119:115-116-117 and General Chemistry 01:160:161-162-171 (or higher) and Organic Chemistry 01:160:307. It is recommended that students have a background in introductory microbiology, human physiology, and/or anatomy and physiology.

Course Description 

This course integrates basic microbiology and infectious diseases. In the first half, students will establish a conceptual foundation covering microbial classification, growth, heredity, pathogenicity, antimicrobial chemotherapy, and host defenses. Subsequently, each week, the course will introduce the students to one real-life patient case study. Within these case studies, students will delve into patient history, differential diagnosis, clinical cues, laboratory data, pathogenesis, treatment, and prevention for each particular disease.                                         

Course Syllabus

 Spring 2023 Syllabus (Spring 2024 syllabus will be updated soon)

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Course Satisfies Learning Goals 

By the end of the course, students will develop a strong foundation in microbiological principles and immunology, which are crucial for careers in microbiology, healthcare, and related fields. They will achieve comprehensive knowledge about the pathogenesis of some important disease-causing microorganisms, diagnostic techniques, and treatment options.  

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

The assessments will include weekly assignments, six bi-weekly quizzes and a cumulative final. 

Course Materials


Medical Microbiology for the New Curriculum: A case-based approach; Roberta Carey, Mindy Schuster,    Karin L McGowen. 1st Pub Wiley 12/10/2007 ISBN 9780471479338

Microbiology: Principles and Explorations, 10th Edition, J.G. Black, 2018, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN: 978-1-119-39011-4


Microbiology by OpenStax. Digital ISBN-13: 978-1-947172-23-4 and Hardcover Print ISBN-13: 978-1-938168-14-7 (This textbook is available for free download at the OpenStax website. 

Course Closed? 

If this course is closed, please DO NOT contact the instructor for a special permission number. Please use the following link to add your name to the appropriate wait list: Wait List Sign Up for Spring 2024 Courses.  If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Life Science - Office of Undergraduate Instruction at 848-445-2075 or visit our office at Nelson Labs B112, Busch Campus.


Dr. Haiyang Lu

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